Shore Country Day School!

Thank you so much to Shore Country Day School who took part in the United Way’s, Day of Service…you did such an amazing job and wow, you worked at an insane pace!  A great group of kids and parents who really set us up for another great season!  They turned all of the soil in garden #2, all of the soil in the main garden for the second time, they seeded many trays in the green house, moved a compost pile, cleaned up garden #2, filled an empty bed, and helped move water into long-term storage containers…check out some pics below of the crew in action…

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SSU Center for Civic Engagement!

Thanks to SSU for stepping up to the plate, yet again!  This time it was the Center for Civic Engagement…we had some familiar faces and some new faces too…the crew was great, especially on a cold windy day…they got a lot done on our first work day of the season…(seeded lots of stuff / moved about 250 gallons of water / turned all of the garden beds)…we’re off to a great start to 2018…check out some pics below…

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Thanks Nate!

Salem High School senior, Nate Lebron has been working on a senior year community service project…he’s painting signs for all of our fruits, veggies, and herbs!  They look amazing…artist and athlete!?!?  A couple pics below of Nate and his signs…

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Spring is Here!

The weather is changing and we’re seeing the plants and soil respond to the warmer weather…we’ve started collecting rain and are watching as our early plants begin to bud…it’s just a matter of time until the garden is prospering again!  Below are some pics taken today (4-8-18) of a rain barrel, chives, and our garlic all peeking through…other stuff is showing too…updates to come…

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Thanks Again Mercy Tavern!

A big thank you to Pat and Mercy Tavern!  We’ve been chosen as April’s, Charity of the Month…which means that a % of the money you spend during the month of April goes directly to the Salem Y GreenSpace…please stop in and support them + us…they have great vegetarian and vegan options, though if you like meat, you’re good there too…below is some info about them…

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“Mercy Tavern’s name comes from our belief in Mercy as a beautiful, powerful, even revolutionary, concept and practice. No matter what some may claim, Mercy is strength, not weakness, and at some point in all of our lives, we will need it. What does it have to do with a restaurant? It drives our commitment to community and sustainability, and will hopefully draw people together for some common good.

Mercy Tavern works hard to be the best neighborhood restaurant and bar in Salem, MA. We are committed to delicious, locally sourced and sustainably produced food and drink, and we place tremendous value in fun, friendship and community. Our staff is committed to one another, to our guests, and to providing exceptional service. We truly do care about your experience.

Mercy’s business model is designed around giving to community and social justice organizations, so much so that a % of every customer’s tab goes directly to organizations that help our community. Please check your table flier to see who we/you are giving to this month!”

 

Thanks Again Whole Foods!

Wow, well I have to say, I’m floored by the generosity of Whole Foods…they’ve been so supportive of our efforts at Salem Y GreenSpace…we’ve met some team members from our local Swampscott store as well as the Lynnfield store, as well as at the regional level. Several of their staff have come to see and tour the garden and some have even helped out by volunteering…everyone is so positive and just seems to get what we’re trying to do…Whole Foods has chosen us twice on their 5% Days as well as for a Whole Cities Grant…we truly appreciate everything you have done to support us…

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Late November Update

Hello, all is well in the garden, we had a few folks come out today to help do some final winterizing for the season…Nick has been busy packing up the shed and greenhouse, he’s been such an amazing part of our garden since the very beginning!

Also, thanks to Claudia, and Jessica for checking in while home from college on Thanksgiving break…Claudia has volunteered over the years and Jessica is a former employee…they braved the cold and wind and with the help of Jorge were able to accomplish several jobs.  Thanks and come back any time!

SHS Bridge Academy!

We had a great day with the students from Salem High School’s Bridge Academy!  The students were amazing workers, they had a lot of fun and got a ton of work done…they did so with a positive attitude and music blaring!  They helped to get our garlic in the ground as well as winterized the garden.  Below are some pics from the day…

 

Final Farmer’s Market

Hey everyone, just wanted to let folks know that this Wednesday 10/25/17 will be our final market of the year…we still have veggies going, but need to start winterizing the garden for the year…we will harvest as much as you can take this week…

Inevitably there will still be veggies in the ground after the market…any time we have a volunteer event this fall, we will give away the rest of our veggies at those events…

Seed Saving!

Saving seeds is a great way to avoid spending money and become more self-reliant!  Not to mention, it’s just fun to do and you feel really proud after…one of the easiest seeds to save for your garden is cilantro (coriander).  It’s easy for a few reasons…

  1. Fast To Harvest – Sometimes your veggies go to seed when you don’t intend them to, it can be a long time until the seeds are ready for harvest, so you have a tough choice; to pull or to not pull your plant??  When you don’t have a lot of garden beds, this can be an inefficient use of space…in the case of our friend cilantro; it goes to seed quickly and the seeds are ready for harvest in a few weeks…this is an excellent return on investment!  After you harvest them, your beds are empty real estate…
  2. Lots of Seeds – Some plants don’t have too many seeds, while a single cilantro plant can give you over a hundred coriander seeds, do the math, this just makes sense…a $2.00 pack of organic / heirloom seeds will supply you with cilantro, literally for the rest of your life if you’re smart!
  3. Easy To Do – Harvesting is surprisingly easy, just wait until the seeds are brown and dry, hold a container underneath the plant, then use your thumb and fingers to rub the seeds…they will literally fall into the container, it only takes seconds!
  4. Other Uses – Coriander is a really tasty spice, if you like Indian Food, you’ll definitely recognize the smell…also coriander is used in home brew recipes, and many others too…

Below are some pics of cilantro when it’s gone to seed and after harvest…

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